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Posted on 03-11-2013

MINI STROKES

Good Morning,

According to the Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics in February 2013, each year 500,000 Americans experience mini strokes called transient ischemic attacks (TIAs). Symptoms usually go away within an hour, but 10-15% of people who experience TIAs will experience full-blown strokes within 3 months, and 40% of these strokes will occur within the first 24 hours! A TIA is caused by a temporary blockage, typically a blood clot, in a blood vessel in the brain. Symptoms are similar to a stroke and include numbness or paralysis on one side of the body, vision changes, trouble speaking, difficulty with balance or walking, and sudden severe headache.

Now there are many reasons to have a sudden severe headache but when coupled with the other symptoms listed above, its best to call 911 to protect yourself.  In fact do NOT drive to the ER because if you do stroke behind the wheel you put everyone else on the road (and off) at risk.  To avoid these disastrous events, be sure to consume a high potency fish oil supplement.  Fish oil has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular event by half the day you start taking it!  Current recommendation is 3g or 3000mg of the Omega 3 fatty acids IN the fish oil.  If you are on an aspirin regimen with your physician or taking blood thinners, it is important to speak with them first and let them know what you are doing as you don't want to become a "bleeder."

Best way to help yourself is to be preventative instead of waiting to take care of yourself....because usually it is too late and you must RELY on medication for survival.

Have a blessed day!

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